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Manchester United set to continue development of British core

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If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that towards the back end of last season I started talking about Manchester United’s desire to develop a young, British core within their squad.

Since then, they have signed Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, promoted youth sensation Mason Greenwood to be a mainstay in the first team matchday squad, and signed Marcus Rashford and David De Gea on new long-term contracts. Okay, granted that De Gea is not British but, given that he’s coming into his ninth season at the club, he has practically been anglicised in football terms and is clearly a key player at the club.

I have it on good authority that this trend is not going to stop any time soon. As long as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the job, he will continue to push for top British talents until the core of his squad consists of eight or nine players, with quality and character in equal measure, who understand what it means to play for Manchester United. To put it simply, he wants to manage a team similar to the one he played in.

Just a few names that have already been touted around the upper echelons at Old Trafford in preparation for next summer are Leicester City’s James Maddison, West Ham’s Declan Rice and, perhaps most exciting of them all, Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho.

Solskjaer is also keeping a very, very watchful eye on a player who has taken his place in the European spotlight this week, after an outstanding hat-trick – Erling Braut Haaland.

The Manchester United boss knows Haaland very well, given that he managed him at Molde before he took the job at Old Trafford, and has been monitoring his progression closely over the past two seasons. Solskjaer believes he will become a top tier, international level striker one day, and is keen to add him to his ranks sooner rather than later, given the sudden increased interest from around Europe’s elite.

Haaland, despite playing for Norway’s national team at both youth and senior levels, was actually born and raised in Leeds, and has said multiple times that it is his dream to return to his home country and play in the Premier League.

Whilst it’s unlikely that Ed Woodward would sanction moves for all four players in one window, they are all right at the top of United’s shopping list and he believes it would be possible to bring a few of them to the club in summer. It’s also likely that they will continue trying to snap up players who are plying their trade in the lower divisions, similarly to the hugely impressive James, who joined from Swansea.

Despite half a decade of struggle, and potentially a couple more seasons of transition yet to come, it’s looking like it’s finally an exciting time to be a Manchester United fan again. 

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